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74 Children Killed In Yemen Since Saudi-Led Airstrikes Began, U.N. Says

Another 44 children have been maimed since military action began on March 26, UNICEF said. The figures were revealed hours before Yemeni officials said Saudi airstrikes hit a school in Ibb province.

Posted on April 7, 2015, at 10:40 a.m. ET

At least 74 children have been killed and 44 maimed in Yemen since a Saudi-led Gulf coalition launched airstrikes in the conflict-hit country late last month, UNICEF said in a statement Monday.

A boy sits at the site of an airstrike near Sanaa Airport, March 26.
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A boy sits at the site of an airstrike near Sanaa Airport, March 26.

The United Nations' Children's Fund said that those figures are likely to be conservative, as fighting has intensified since the airstrikes began on March 26.

The bloodied shirt of a victim at the rubble of houses in Okash village, near Sanaa, April 4.
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The bloodied shirt of a victim at the rubble of houses in Okash village, near Sanaa, April 4.

In total, more than 540 people had been killed and some 1,700 wounded in Yemen between March 19 and April 6, according to the World Health Organization.

Boys hold shrapnel amid debris in Okash village near Sanaa, April 4.
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Boys hold shrapnel amid debris in Okash village near Sanaa, April 4.

Speaking from Jordan, UNICEF Yemen representative Julien Harneis said: “Children are paying an intolerable price for this conflict.”

People gather at the site of an airstrike at a residential area near Sanaa Airport, March 26.
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People gather at the site of an airstrike at a residential area near Sanaa Airport, March 26.

Harneis added: "They are being killed, maimed and forced to flee their homes, their health threatened and their education interrupted. These children should be immediately afforded special respect and protection by all parties to the conflict."

A boy walks past the rubble of destroyed houses in the village of Bani Matar, which is west of Sanaa, on April 4.
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A boy walks past the rubble of destroyed houses in the village of Bani Matar, which is west of Sanaa, on April 4.

UNICEF's Dr. Gamila Hibatullah, based in Aden, described the humanitarian situation as "very dangerous."

Yemenis stand amid the rubble of houses near Sanaa, April 4.
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Yemenis stand amid the rubble of houses near Sanaa, April 4.

The organization said 100,000 people had been displaced, hospitals were overflowing, and water supplies broken, increasing the risk of disease.

Soldiers and Houthi fighters inspect the damage caused by airstrikes on the airport of Yemen's northwestern city of Saada, March 30.
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Soldiers and Houthi fighters inspect the damage caused by airstrikes on the airport of Yemen's northwestern city of Saada, March 30.

UNICEF's statement came before airstrikes aiming for a military base in Ibb province hit a school. Officials in the governor's office and Houthi leaders told CNN six had been injured, while other reports said there have been at least two fatalities.

Smoke and flames rise following air strikes on Faj Attan Hill and Aser Mountain near Sanaa, April 6.
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Smoke and flames rise following air strikes on Faj Attan Hill and Aser Mountain near Sanaa, April 6.

On Tuesday, an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) spokeswoman described the humanitarian situation in the main southern city of Aden as "catastrophic," AFP reported.

Boys stand on a tank burned during clashes on a street in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, March 29.
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Boys stand on a tank burned during clashes on a street in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, March 29.

On Tuesday morning, the ICRC director of operations tweeted that the group's first aid flight had landed in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.

#Yemen. First @ICRC flight reached Sanaa. More to come by air and sea when clearances received to bring urgently needed medical supplies.